Cruiser boards might just be the purest form of skateboards around. How come? Cruiser boards are designed to let you enjoy the journey and the simple act of riding a board atop four wheels. Yes, you can go plenty fast with cruiser boards. Yes, you can even do some tricks. But, first and foremost, cruiser skateboards are meant for cruising. They’re meant for getting you from point A to point B while enjoying a smooth, mellow, and comfy ride.
Cruiser boards are typically closer in length to “regular” street skateboards designed for tricks. But they feature wider decks and increased surface area and typically have larger, softer skateboard wheels designed for smooth skating and absorbing any bumpy terrain. Although they’re obviously shorter than longboards, they’re also more maneuverable and can more easily navigate the twists and turns of urban terrain.
So, what are some of the best skateboards for cruising? Below you’ll find our top three choices. These are boards that guarantee a smooth commute or laidback session that lets you fully take in the humble, even relaxing act of riding a skateboard.
The 3 Best Cruising Skateboards
Santa Cruz Rasta Skate Land Shark Rasta Sk8
The Santa Cruz Rasta Skate Land Shark Rasta Sk8 delivers the smooth ride, mellow vibe, and, yes, even the vibrancy that you might expect from any great cruiser board. Here’s a look at some of its specs and features:
- 16.5-inch wheelbase; 2.7-inch nose; 4.3-inch kick tail
- 8.8 by 27.7-inch deck
- Bullet B137 trucks, Bullet hardware, and ABEC 5 Bearings
- Road Rider 65-millimeter 78A wheels
- Bottle opener beneath the deck
This board is ready to ride! Its seven-ply sturdy deck and wider middle width will keep you stable. Softer 78A durometer wheels can absorb the little shocks, pavements cracks, and bumpy terrain that can otherwise hinder your smooth sailing.
This cruiser skateboard’s 4.3-inch kick tail provides just enough lip and concave to hop onto or drop off of curbs and easily lift the front wheels to clear sticks, stones, and all those little nuisances that can get in the way of our ride.
And leave it to Santa Cruz (one of the oldest and best skateboard brands in the world) to keep on having some fun! The little bottle opener on the deck’s underside highlights this board’s laidback vibes. Sometimes it’s the little things and bonus features that make your board that much more fun.
Magento Mini Cruiser
The Magento Mini Cruiser brings all the fun and mellow riding of any good cruiser but in a smaller package. Now, this board is no penny or nickel board in size, which are much smaller. But it’s certainly a compact ride that’s highly portable and perfect for when those short commutes need some extra zing. Here’s a quick highlight of some of its specs and features:
- 7.5 by 27.5-inch deck
- Kicktails on the tail and nose
- 6-ply Canadian maple deck
- 78A durometer wheels
At 7.5 inches in width, the narrow deck makes for an agile board. And since many cruiser boards don’t have a concave kicktail on the nose of the deck, this board’s double kicktail gives a nice maneuverability boost. If you’re regularly skating through gritty sidewalks and back alleys (calling all East Coast skaters!), keeping your board maneuverable in tight spaces is critical.
Small size is no disadvantage, either. This board is a great go-to for casual commutes and a nice starting board for teens or kids looking for a less cumbersome, sizeable board. And another advantage of smaller skateboards? They’re easier to push around, literally. No disrespect to longboards, but if you’re riding flat ground and cruising atop a big, heavy longboard, after a while that board can start feeling like a cruise ship beneath your feet. The Magento, in comparison, is a jet ski.
Landyachtz makes more than just longboards. In fact, their Landyachtz Dinghy skateboard is a great, versatile cruiser board. Landyachtz boards always pair well with quality skate hardware and components, from skateboard bearings to bushings. And the Dinghy is no exception. Here’s some more info on its features and specs:
- 28-inch deck length
- Quality 7-ply maple construction
- Mini wheel flares for maximum wheel clearance and a locked-in feel
- Versatile shape suitable for cruising, slalom, and even some tricks!
The Landyachtz Dinghy offers all the benefits you might expect from a good cruiser board—solid build, portable size, and maneuverability. Some might choose this board because of Landyachtz’s reputation for quality. But it’s features, too, are worth a look.
In addition to the wheel flares, the wheel wells cut into the deck will help to avoid wheel bite while cruising. If you ride with loose trucks, as is common for any slalom skater and many who just like to cruise comfortably, this little feature will often save you from pesky, even dangerous, wheel bite instances.
While the Dinghy is probably best for cruising, you could snap a few street tricks with it, given its grip and concave. More so, there’s enough of a kick tail to clear obstacles and hop up and down curbs. Cruiser boards need to be able to handle varied terrain, after all.
What type of skateboard is best for cruising?
There’s a saying in photography that the best camera is the one in your hands. Sometimes the best skateboard, however, isn’t always the one beneath your feet. For cruising, look for a cruiser board characterized by its wider, larger, softer wheels (durometer 78A to 82A should be best). Such wheels will make for a smooth ride, as they can absorb shock.
A board that’s 28 to 32 inches in length is also ideal. (That’s a similar length to most “normal” or street skateboards.) This length will ensure the board is small enough to be agile and maneuverable and also not too heavy. Many cruiser boards are made for short commutes, so skaters usually don’t want to drag around logs after arriving. It’s not always the case, but many cruiser boards have a kick tail, meaning the tail is tilted up so that the front wheels can be easily lifted. This really enhances maneuverability and rideability.
Are normal skateboards good for cruising?
“Normal” skateboards, or street skateboards are the sort of symmetrical, universally shaped boards that are best for tricks. Such boards also typically have smaller, harder wheels and lack the features designed for rideability and, yes, comfort.
You can cruise, to an extent, on a street skateboard, but don’t expect a comfortable commute or smooth ride. Street skateboards are plenty maneuverable, but they’re made for doing tricks.
What is a cruiser skateboard good for?
Cruiser skateboards are good for cruising! They’re made to provide a comfortable, mellow ride while also achieving higher speeds than a street skateboard. If you’re headed out on a short commute or just a casual session to enjoy the feeling of rolling over the concrete, a cruiser board should be your go-to.
Is a cruiser a good first skateboard?
Cruiser boards are great first skateboards! Their softer wheels provide a more gentle ride, and their often wider deck designs can offer more stability and surface area that’s helpful to beginners. Before you start doing tricks, slaloming, or tackling steep hills, you’ll need to learn to ride comfortably and consistently. Cruiser boards are a great learning tool.
Is it harder to ollie on a cruiser?
Typically, yes. Cruiser skateboards aren’t really made for doing tricks, including ollies. Most have kicktails, which are necessary to ollie. But such kicktails are more for functionality and little clearance-level ollies, not for doing kickflips and ollieing stair sets.
Cruiser boards are also usually heavier than street skateboards since they have larger wheels, wider decks, and other added components. Heavy boards are harder to heave into the air via an ollie. So, if you want to do ollies and tricks, stick with a street skateboard.